Adam Johnson admits time is running out fast if Sunderland are to spare themselves from another relegation from the Barclays Premier League. Perhaps more worryingly, only one of their six wins to date has come against a team currently occupying a place in the bottom half of the table, a 4-1 victory at Fulham on January 11. That is a situation they hoped to remedy as the Hammers headed north, but they found themselves on the back foot within nine minutes, and in predictable fashion. Former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll had never scored against the Black Cats before, but his bullet header from a Mark Noble corner was simply too hot to handle for goalkeeper Vito Mannone. The home side might have been back in it before the break when another Magpies old boy, Kevin Nolan, appeared to handle inside the penalty area, but referee Howard Webb did not spot the offence. Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet said: “The penalty, massive – that could be the difference between staying up or going down.” Poyet’s woes increased within five minutes of the restart when Mohamed Diame beat Mannone from the edge of the penalty area with a deflected effort, and although Johnson reduced the deficit with 25 minutes remaining, there was no way back despite a late flurry. Johnson said: “We go into these games knowing they are going to be difficult, and maybe we just try too hard. “We should have definitely got something out of the game after the second half. But it wasn’t meant to be again. It’s the same old story, isn’t it? “In the second half, we were definitely the better team. But you need to put those chances away.” For Carroll, a man-of-the-match performance provided a welcome antidote to an injury-plagued campaign. The 25-year-old told West Ham’s official website: “It’s the first goal (I’ve scored against Sunderland). “I’ve tried my hardest every time I’ve played against them, but it’s the first one I’ve got against them and obviously I’m over the moon that we have got the three points as well.” Johnson said: “It’s another game down. We keep saying, ‘This is the game, this is the game’ but time is running out now. “The games are running out and we have got some tough ones coming up. We have to capitalise on the games at home, which we haven’t done all season. “We have got four home games left and I think if we win all four, we have got a chance. “There are still eight games and points to play for. We have just got to stick together and keep trying to do the right things. “We can’t get cut adrift because it’s difficult then. Any of the games away from home against the top six are difficult, but we tend to perform better against those top teams.” Sunderland’s plight looks stark from every angle. They have fared marginally better away from home than at the Stadium of Light, but their remaining four games on the road take them to Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United. Three of their last four home games look winnable on paper at least – their next outing on Wearside brings Everton to the north east with Cardiff, West Brom and Swansea to follow – but they have managed to take three points on home turf only once in nine attempts in the league. Press Association The Black Cats remain four points adrift of safety as a result of Monday night’s 2-1 home defeat to West Ham, and they now have just eight games remaining from which to secure their top-flight status. History would suggest they need to win at least four of those matches if they are to boost their points total – which currently stands at 25 – to escape, and with their first 30 fixtures having yielded only six wins, that looks a tall order.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 9, 2019 at 1:59 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 Dino Babers has been knocked out before. It’s a cleansing experience. Upon waking up, everything’s clearer. Colors are brighter, he said. It’s almost like restarting a computer. On the Monday following his team’s 63-20 loss at Maryland, when asked if last Saturday’s loss was like being hit in the face for his team, Babers hoped it could have similar results.“We’re going to see how we do,” Babers said. “Maybe we’ve rebooted. Maybe everything is OK, we’re going to have to see.”This week, Syracuse welcomes No. 1 Clemson to the Carrier Dome. The Tigers enter the game having won 17 straight games including last year’s National Championship and have lost just one game since falling to Syracuse in the Carrier Dome in 2017. Last week Clemson defeated No. 16 Texas A&M 24-10, and will bring a plethora of NFL prospects to the Dome this Saturday, including running back Travis Etienne and quarterback Trevor Lawrence.“We’re probably seeing one of the best teams of an era that you’re going to see,” Babers said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange enter the game after their worst loss in almost two seasons in which the defense was thrashed for 650 yards and tallied one sack a week after notching eight in the season opener.After watching the film, Babers said he was proud of how hard the players play, noting effort wasn’t the issue in Saturday’s loss. He again highlighted missed tackles and noted that Maryland’s high tempo offense isn’t what held SU up – it was just a lack of executing the defensive gameplan.“We had no pass rush,” Babers said. “So we need to find a way to get a pass rush. You don’t let an NFL quarterback (Lawrence) stand back there.”The Orange stumbled offensively last Saturday as well. In his second career start, quarterback Tommy DeVito turned the ball over twice in the first half. Before Syracuse had a first down, it trailed Maryland by two scores. With lineman Sam Heckel out last week, and likely out again this week, Babers noted the offensive line needs time to grow and the SU schedule this season provides no grace period. On DeVito, who finished 28-of-39 for 330 passing yards and 3 touchdowns along with the turnovers, Babers believes the redshirt sophomore is where he should be in his development.“He’s coming along great,” Babers said. “I think he’s moving along at a pace that’s acceptable to me and I think things are going to get better and better and better.”In years past it’s been Clemson’s defense, particularly the defensive line, that’s been hyped before the game. But in 2019, the Tigers returned both Etienne, who rushed for 204 yards against the Orange last year and Lawrence, who threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns against Alabama in the 2019 National Championship. And thus the Syracuse defense – which just allowed 63 points – is faced with a conundrum that no team in the last 17 opponents has solved.“They’re so good on offense now that you have a limit of time in the game to get them,” Babers said. “And if you don’t keep pace with that offense, the game is over.”Injury notes: Last week Babers stated Heckel, who suffered an upper-body injury against Liberty, was 50-50 on playing against Maryland but the redshirt junior didn’t even travel. This week, Babers isn’t ruling him out but doesn’t expect him to play. The status of defensive tackle McKinley Williams, who injured his left foot in training camp, is still unknown. Babers said he’s waiting to speak with doctors. Comments
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Flavien Prat991012910%$559,156 Mike Smith8517191220%$2,070,931 Hector Palma2464125%$140,750 Victor Espinoza13826271919%$1,764,478 SHARED BELIEF A ‘ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME’ HORSEPERFECT DORTMUND EYES SANTA ANITA DERBYLOCAL FOURSOME NOMINATED TO HALL OF FAMEROUTINE GRADE I CELEBRATION FOR VAN DYKE Tiago Pereira971191311%$382,668 Doug O’Neill12114111912%$744,714 Rafael Bejarano19449292525%$2,270,618 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Brice Blanc4272417%$287,640 Brandon Boulanger1006586%$198,686 Tyler Baze22029232613%$1,603,894 Michael Pender3866316%$172,240 Joseph Talamo18219193110%$1,339,140 Elvis Trujillo16018181211%$1,085,200 Santiago Gonzalez7779129%$471,514 Martin Garcia10821141219%$1,617,580 Thomas Proctor3966315%$488,468 Fernando Perez14014161410%$611,190 John Sadler9211151312%$789,086 Richard Baltas52129323%$473,268 Martin Pedroza13814191810%$598,264 ESPINOZA, NAKATANI AMONG HALL OF FAME NOMINEESTwo jockeys and two horses who earned their spurs in California have been nominatedto the National Museum Racing Hall of Fame–Victor Espinoza and Corey Nakatani, and Kona Gold and Lava Man.Winners will be announced April 20, with induction ceremonies on Aug. 7 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., site of the Hall of Fame.Espinoza, a two-time Kentucky Derby winner and regular rider of Horse of the Year California Chrome, was caught off guard by his nomination.“Not really,” the 42-year-old native of Mexico City said when asked if he thought this would ever happen. “I never thought about being in the Hall of Fame, but just being nominated is an honor for me after all these years.“We’ll see what happens. For now, I’ll keep going and try to win more races.”“A lot of good horses and a lot of talent got me to this point, God willing,” said the 44-year-old Nakatani, a native of Covina, California, who began his career in 1988. “I’m very, very fortunate. Just being nominated is an honor, but obviously, you strive for things like this.“You set goals for yourself and hopefully you can attain them. Hopefully, the voters will look at my record and they’ll put us in there.”Retired jockey Craig Perret and the late Chris Antley are also on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot.FINISH LINES: Up and coming journeyman Drayden Van Dyke, Eclipse Award winner as outstanding apprentice rider of 2014, celebrated his first Grade I victory Saturday aboard Ring Weekend in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile in understated fashion. “I visited with Gary Stevens at his 52nd birthday party last night and did my usual thing,” said Van Dyke, mature beyond his 20 years. “I went to Whole Foods, got some fruit and salmon, and went home.” . . . Victor Espinoza on his pending Dubai trip to ride California Chrome in the $10 million World Cup on March 28: “It’s more important on how the horse handles the trip than the rider. It’s exciting to go there, but it’s a different surface now, traditional dirt, rather than synthetic, so I don’t know how the track will play. Hopefully, we’ll get the money.”. . . Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle, ticketed for the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 28, worked six furlongs Sunday in a bullet 1:12.60 for Bob Baffert . . . Espinoza, Martin Pedroza and Iggy Puglisi have been suspended three racing days (March 13, 14 and 15) for causing interference on their respective mounts, Hauler, Royal F J and Stole a Kiss, in Friday’s races . . . Agent Mike Ciani had Kent Desormeaux booked to ride in 10 of the 11 races Saturday, a record one-day number for him this meet, but the 45-year-old jockey settled for nine when his mount in the second, Inner City, was scratched. Through 43 racing days, the three-time Kentucky Derby winner was tied for second at Santa Anita with 29 wins from 149 mounts, a respectable 19 percent. Desormeaux showed his Hall of Fame prowess with a 10-1 upset on Arethusa for trainer Eoin Harty in the sixth race, patiently winding his way through the stretch to score by a half-length in the 1 1/8-mile turf event . . . Probable for next Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles: Cassatt, Kerwin Clark; Dame Dorothy, Rafael Bejarano; Frivolous, Corey Nakatani; Legacy, no rider; Thegirlinthatsong, Mike Smith; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze; and Yahilwa, no rider . . . Trainer A.C. Avila does not plan to appeal his 60-day suspension and $10,000 fine recently handed out by the California Horse Racing Board. “I haven’t had a vacation since 2008, so I’ll make the most of it,” said Avila, who plans to leave March 24 to spend two weeks in South America, including Brazil and Uruguay, and 25 days in Europe, including France and Italy . . . Saturday marked 59 years since Larry Gilligan‘s monumental upset victory aboard Social Climber for Charlie Whittingham in the1956 FelipeStakes. Social Climber came from 11th in a field of 12 to win by a neck at a $111.20 win payoff. Gilligan, now Santa Anita’s on-track Quick Official, would go onto finish second on Social Climber at 17-1 in an 18-horse field behind Terrang and Bill Shoemaker in the Santa Anita Derby . . . Condolences to the family of long-time Southern California assistant starter, Ron Bolton, who passed away at his home in Lodi, California, on Feb. 25 at the age of 57. Richard Mandella4888917%$561,916 NO DUBAI FOR BIG ‘CAP WINNER SHARED BELIEFThe Terminator struck again Saturday.For the 10th time in 11 starts, Shared Belief set his mind on his task, focused like a laseron his target–the finish line–and pulled the trigger, rolling to a 4 ¼-length victory in what amounted to a million dollar workout in the Santa Anita Handicap.Now three for three this meet at distances from seven furlongs to a mile and a quarter in Grade I races, short of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime, at the moment there seems nothing out there among equine anti-heroes who can stop Shared Belief.And there are more worlds to conquer. Which ones, of course, remain to be seen.“He came out of the race very good,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said on a business-as-usual Sunday morning. “We’re very grateful to have a good horse like him.”As Shared Belief’s regular rider, Mike Smith, indicated before the Big ‘Cap, there was still plenty in the tank for the 4-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride. The needle certainly didn’t hover near empty after yesterday’s unanimously predicted triumph.That said, some folks wondered aloud if the Dubai World Cup would be considered for Shared Belief’s next race, even though logic would be tossed out the window, since that $10 million race halfway around the globe is a mere three weeks away, on March 28.“No, we’re not going to Dubai,” Hollendorfer said. “There are lots of races in this country to run in with plenty big enough purses. We just don’t want to make a trip over there.”In a radio interview on Mike Willman’s “Thoroughbred Los Angeles” Sunday morning on AM 830, KLAA, Hollendorfer said that the Grade II, 1 1/8-mile Oaklawn Handicap on April 11 would likely be next for his stable superstar.“He’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse,” said Dan Ward, Hollendorfer’s valued assistant. “You won’t see another like him.” Steven Miyadi3065220%$199,820 Edwin Maldonado951181212%$435,124 Mark Casse53105719%$775,868 (Current Through Saturday, March 7) TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Mike Puype76711109%$343,376 Peter Eurton661111917%$633,656 Felipe Valdez4789917%$234,388 Gary Stevens8313131416%$1,230,648 Corey Nakatani10819111518%$926,118 Philip D’Amato561110920%$534,740 Bob Baffert7916141020%$1,581,892 James Cassidy5386915%$318,350 Ron Ellis4583718%$322,030 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Drayden Van Dyke15917182111%$1,113,956 Jeff Bonde2890332%$321,780 Peter Miller11320211318%$1,097,706 Mario Gutierrez8361077%$362,380 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Kent Desormeaux14929271819%$1,638,860 Jerry Hollendorfer13326181920%$3,017,048 Mark Glatt5379913%$399,922 DORTMUND, PROSPECT PARK, BOLO EYE SANTA ANITA DERBYIt’s on to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 for undefeated Dortmund, who roared to a front-running, 1 ¼-length victory in the Grade I San Felipe Stakes Saturday.“It was a walk in the park for him,” trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday morning of the well-chiseled chestnut who is a perfect five for five.Speaking of parks, runner-up Prospect Park, who was beaten 1 ¼ lengths, is scheduled to re-engage with Dortmund in the Santa Anita Derby, according to trainer Clifford Sise, Jr.“He came out of the race great,” said Sise. “I talked to Marty (co-owner/breeder Martin Wygod) and he’s very happy with the way he ran. We feel like he’ll run all day and with the trip he had yesterday, we’ve got a pretty fresh horse this morning.”Ditto for lightly raced third-place finisher Bolo, who finished a half-length behind Prospect Park in his first start on dirt for trainer Carla Gaines.Although beaten for the first time, eighth-place finisher Ocho Ocho Ocho remains on target for the West Coast’s premier Kentucky Derby prep, according to trainer Jim Cassidy.“He’s a little cut up,” Cassidy said Sunday morning of the son of Street Sense, who was the $4.30-1 third choice in a field of 10 three-year-olds with Triple Crown aspirations. “Both front legs have some lacerations on them. He had a rough trip.“It happened from the gate and then at the first turn. Mike (Smith) said, ‘Just throw the race out. I never got a chance.’” Asked if maybe the Santa Anita Derby would be next, Cassidy said, “No maybe about it. If he’s breathing, he’s running.”Another still under consideration for the Santa Anita Derby is Firing Line, twice a tough-beat head loser to Dortmund. “We could run there or the Sunland Derby (March 22),” trainer Simon Callaghan said after Firing Line worked five furlongs Sunday in 1:00.80 with owner Arnold Zetcher on hand. “We haven’t made up our minds yet. I was very happy with the work.”Baffert, asked which horse is better, Eclipse Award champion 2-year-old male of 2014 American Pharoah or Dortmund:“That’s like asking which kid I love more. Come on. They’re two different kinds of horses. They’re really nice horses. We’ll find out if they hopefully make it the (Kentucky) Derby.” -30-